Three nominations for Salford in higher education awards

The Salford Energy House

The Salford Energy House

A pioneering scheme to combat gun crime, a research centre dedicated to helping countries recover from natural disaster, and a terraced house in a lab have all been nominated for honours at the prestigious Times Higher Education Awards today (1 September).

The Awards, which celebrate the best achievements and projects in the UK's university sector, will be held on 24 November in London.

Guns into Goods is up for the Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community Award. Run by Professor Paul Haywood in the University's School of Art & Design, in partnership with local charities and the police, the scheme melts down illegal firearms seized or taken through amnesty by Greater Manchester Police and converts them into raw material for recycling into new products.

Overall, the project aims to raise income to support work experience and new skills training for young people seeking change in their lives and their communities.

In the Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology category is the University's Energy House. A full-sized terraced house built inside an environmentally controlled chamber, the Energy House is used to test technologies which help reduce fuel bill and carbon emissions.

It is a major centre for business and community as well as delivering a unique interdisciplinary approach with physicists, psychologists and other academics working together to find new solutions to energy issues.

The Energy House is also up for a Green Gown award, celebrating environmental activity in UK universities, and a Chartered Institute of Public Relations (North West) award for the international publicity which the project attracted when it launched in January.

The final nomination for Salford in the Times Higher Education Awards is for the Centre for Disaster Resilience, which is shortlisted for International Collaboration of the Year.

This research centre in the University's School of the Built Environment is dedicated to helping countries reduce the impact of, and make a speedy recovery from, natural and man-made disasters. In Sri Lanka this has seen the team working on projects with local authorities struggling to rebuild after the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004 and the end of the civil war against the Tamil Tigers.

Salford's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Martin Hall said: "These three nominations are all united by Salford's aim of working with communities locally and internationally.

"They all show how this university, through research, collaboration and reaching out to people, can make a huge difference to major issues affecting societies across the world.

"I wish all the dedicated people behind each project the very best of luck at the awards in November."